On the Maximum Sufficient Range of Interstellar Vessels

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D. Cartin (2010), JBIS, 63, 218-221

Refcode: 2010.63.218
Keywords: Interstellar travel, transportation networks, Solar neighborhood

This paper considers the likely maximum range of space vessels providing the basis of a mature interstellar transportation network. Using the principle of sufficiency, it is argued that this range will be less than three parsecs for the average interstellar vessel. This maximum range provides access from the Solar System to a large majority of nearby stellar systems, with total travel distances within the network not excessively greater than actual physical distance.

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